Paralympic champions Sophie Hahn (coach: Leon Baptiste, club: Charnwood) and Thomas Young (Joe McDonnell, Loughborough Students) headline the mixed class Para 60m sprint events at the Müller Indoor Grand Prix Birmingham at the Utilita Arena on 19 February.
Hahn, the T38 world record holder in the 100m (12.38) and 200m (25.92), won Tokyo gold in an exceptionally high standard 100m where she equalled her own world record in qualifying.
The 25-year-old currently holds a grand slam of titles across the Paralympic Games, World Championships, European Championships and Commonwealth Games.
“To compete against such amazing girls in Tokyo was an incredible experience and has inspired me to keep pushing and working hard,” said Hahn, who has an indoor 60m best of 7.95 (2018).
“Standards are rising across our sport and I’m excited to show what we can do at the Müller Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham and at the Commonwealth Games, where I’ll be aiming to defend my title, this summer.”
Young is a relative newcomer to the sport in global terms, but his credentials are also impressive. He won gold on his Paralympic Games debut in Tokyo and is a three-time European champion (T38) and a world silver medallist.
He has a personal best of 10.94 for 100m – achieved in the Paralympic Games final – and most recently ran a 7.15 PB for 60m at the Loughborough Indoor Open (15 January).
“I had a brilliant year last year and the fact that I’ve been able to continue my good form into 2022 is really positive,” said the 21-year-old. “I can’t wait to compete in front of a packed arena and use that energy to run even faster – hopefully closer to seven seconds.”
The mixed class Para events are invitational events within the Müller Indoor Grand Prix programme.
The Müller Indoor Grand Prix is the fifth meeting of the 2022 World Athletics Indoor Tour (Gold). There are seven Gold level meetings across the series which started with Karlsruhe on 28 January and concludes in Madrid on 2 March.
Throughout the series, each athlete’s best three results will count towards their overall point score. The athlete with the most points in each scoring discipline at the end of the tour will be declared the winner and will be awarded a USD$10,000 bonus along with a wild card entry for the World Athletics Indoor Championships Belgrade (March 2022).
A small number of tickets are still available via www.theticketfactory.com